Athens’ famous Ermou cleaned from graffiti

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

You will notice something different the next time you walk down Ermou, the main shopping street in central Athens.

According to the Municipality of Athens, the clean up carried out by special teams, was necessary to eliminate the graffiti that covered dozens of surfaces of historic buildings and the walls/shutters of shops.

The workers cleaned a total area of ​​almost 1,700 square meters, from Syntagma to Agion Asomaton.

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

“New breath for the buildings,” Athens mayor Kostas Bakogiannis said, adding that the streets of Athens are not ‘decorated’, but clean.

The effort was particularly arduous as the graffiti had been on the surface for a long period of time.

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

Graffiti cleaned off buildings on Athens’ famous Ermou

To remove the paint from marble and stone surfaces, cleaning crews used pressure washing equipment and 300 litres of solvent.

Workers also applied 100 litres of anti-graffiti coating.

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